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actuate

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1 to cause to function
  • a light actuated by a motion detector
  • The alarm system actuates the door locks.
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2 to set or keep in motion
  • Hearing depends on sound vibrations that actuate the complex mechanism of that sensory organ, the ear.
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Synonym Discussion of actuate

move, actuate, drive, impel mean to set or keep in motion. move is very general and implies no more than the fact of changing position.
    • moved the furniture
actuate stresses transmission of power so as to work or set in motion.
    • turbines actuated by waterpower
drive implies imparting forward and continuous motion and often stresses the effect rather than the impetus.
    • a ship driven aground by hurricane winds
impel is usually figurative and suggests a great motivating impetus.
    • a candidate impelled by ambition


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